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Bowls In Focus : December 2011
Bowls In Focus 41 Century up for VGA: Part 2 This year saw the Victorian Greenkeepers Association reach 100 years in existence and what a huge time it has been for the association. We had the Federation Carnival in Adelaide; Seminar and AGM; Pairs and Singles events; the annual Tiff Tour and our Centenary celebrations. To kick the season off over 60 guests attended the VGA Centenary Celebration held one Friday night at the Melbourne Aquarium in the beautiful Fish Bowl Room. President Dyson Appleyard welcomed guests from far and wide to this once in a century event. In attendance were association life members Keith Fleetwood, Len McKenzie, Tom Tucker and Allen Elliot. Tony Apthorpe, representing the NSW association, flew down to be part of the celebration and the room was full of past and present greenkeepers along many others involved in the industry, and some of the wives as well. In a room surrounded by three-metre sharks, huge stingrays and thousands of fish, the mood was great with plenty of food and beverages consumed. Melbourne comedian Chris Bennett had the room in fits of laughter and was even game enough to pick on the Turf Hog, Darren Marossi. What a hoot! A few awards were presented on the night, the first being ‘Greenkeeper of the Year’. The five final nominations were big Dave Zitter, Adrian Marston, Scott Roberts, Warren Maynard and Gary Thurgood, with Gary taking out the award. This award isn’t only for those who produce good greens; it looks at their contribution to the industry and the association along with their willingness to help others and Gary Thurgood more than ticks those boxes. He is a most deserving winner. Allen ‘Bundy’ Elliot was also recognised on the night for his contribution to the association after stepping down as secretary earlier in the year, after many years of valued service. The night also saw life membership bestowed on Doug Agnew, who has been greenkeeping for over 30-years and was president of the VGA for over ten. In Doug’s time as president he did a lot of work to bring the association closer together by uniting the city greenkeepers with the country cousins. Similarly, there was also a dark period for the industry with the growing popularity of synthetic surfaces, as more and more clubs chose to remove their grass greens and replace them with synthetics. Over this time Doug and the association did a lot of work to ensure as many grass greens as possible remained and that our industry wasn’t overtaken with synthetic surfaces, which is good for us all, and importantly, the bowlers we serve. The night was a great success with credit going to president Dyson and Phil Grant for all their hard work. As this huge year for the association comes to an end we look forward to what’s ahead in 2012. Next year will see the return of our popular river cruise, a function that was sorely missed this year because of our busy schedule. The pairs and the singles will be held again along with our Information Day, while Gudgie’s Tiff Tour will roll around again with the possibility of an interstate visit in the wind. As we look even further down the track Victoria will host the Greenkeepers Federation Carnival in 2017, which will be fantastic. Good luck to all greenkeepers across the state, with those working on warm season grasses coming up to a very busy time, while to all those with bent greens, we hope the summer is kind for us. For more info and photos from all our events visit www.victga.com. Finally a very Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year. - Warren Maynard Secretary VGA 914A Doncaster Road, East Doncaster Vic 3109 Phone: (03) 9848 7387 Fax: (03) 9848 6977 Mens Coloured Bowls Wear Pants RRP $50 NOW $35 On hand stock only! Winasetof GREENMASTER Bowls for Christmas When you purchase any Greenmaster Products instore or online from 21st November untill 5pm 23rd December 2011 DSG Bowls Shop wishes you a very happy festive season www.DoncasterSportingGear.com.au CLOSED 24TH DECEMBER 2011 AND RE OPEN 16TH January 2012. Victorian Greenkeepers Association Turf Talk • Newly inducted VGA Life Member Doug Agnew is flanked by fellow ‘lifers’ Len McKenzie and Allen Elliot.